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Since ancient times restaurants served not only as a place to eat outside of one’s own dining but also a place for social gathering and interaction. Restaurants use have still further widened as a place for exploring culinary delights, letting the hair down with family and friends, and also flaunt one’s social status besides a place for corporate business meetings over lunch or dinner, networking and conductinginterviews. In this scenario following dining etiquette throws a favourable light on you, adding value to your standing socially, personally and professionally.
Etiquette is a French word, earlier it meant “ticket” or “label attached to something for identification.” Sixteenth-century Spainborrowed the French word and altered it to “etiqueta” to refer to the written protocols describing orders of precedence and behavior demanded of those who appeared in court. Later “etiqueta” came to be applied to the court ceremonies themselves and alsoto the documents which outlined the requirements for them. This interestingly then led to French speakers of the time attribute the sense of “proper behavior” to “étiquette,” and English speakers of the mid-eighteenth century finally adopted both the word and the second meaning of proper behaviour from the French.
Some of the restaurant etiquette is common sense such as not speaking loudly, not speaking when the mouth is full, and not behaving impolitely or in a manner which is annoying. Knowing some more nuances will take you long way.
Sometimes we wonder which bread plate is ours, the left or the right? Here is a simple way to remember this is using BMW – Bread, Meal, Water. Start from your left and make your way to the right. On the left is your bread plate, then your meal plate, and then your water. This is useful when you arrange place settings at an event too.
Wait for everyone to be served before you start eating.
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